These Valley volunteers in a league of their own

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “This is a great help for us,” she said. Helping people is what 11 San Fernando Valley women set out to do in 1952 when they decided to bring more volunteer opportunities to the area and create the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley. Fifty-five years later, the organization has more than 250 members devoted to various causes including the Clothes Corner, a Kids on the Block puppet show and a choir now more than 40 years old. Betty St. Marie, the league’s administrative coordinator, said volunteers must sign up for at least eight years of service with one of the projects to become part of the league – but for most, that leads to a lifetime of work with the organization. Volunteer Anne Marie Sinclair has been with the league’s choir for 40 years. The 73-year-old soprano said she still gets excited by the reactions she gets when she performs show tunes at a retirement home or convalescent hospital. “They are always so happy to see us,” Sinclair said. For Aliki Stilianos, the league has proved to be an opportunity to continue working during her retirement. Stilianos, who used to be a special-education consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District, currently runs the Kids on the Block puppet show, which tries to educate children about disabilities. “This has been terrific for me and an extension of what I have been doing for 40 years,” Stilianos said. Clothes Corner is the league’s biggest project, taking the most time and effort and helping more than 1,200 children every year. For school officials such as Randall Edwards, a counselor from Pacoima Elementary who has been referring kids from Haddon Avenue school to the Volunteer League for five years, the program is a crucial resource. Edwards says inappropriate clothing can cause children to miss school – and fall behind. “It’s not pleasant if a child’s clothes are dirty or torn,” Edwards said. “As much as you try to educate kids, they will be kids and they can get teased.” While some children may shy away from school because of teasing by peers, others are not even allowed to attend school if their wardrobe is not up to par. “There is a rule about wearing shoes that cover toes – and when kids outgrow shoes, if their toes peek out, they can’t stay in school,” Edwards said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At least twice a week, the 85-year-old historic Baird House in Van Nuys gets a makeover. The dining room of the two-story 1920s Victorian house turns into a shoe store, its living room is transformed into a clothing warehouse, and its bedrooms become changing areas as the house fills with dozens of children as part of the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley’s Clothes Corner project. “This is really going to help my girls get self-confidence and self-esteem,” Jessica Mira said as she watched her daughters get fitted for new uniforms and shoes on a recent morning. The single mother of five said keeping up with her kids’ school gear can be difficult, especially because they are growing so quickly. last_img read more

Bashir Mutanda misses penalty as SC Villa fail to win again

first_img Tags: top StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueSC Villa 1-1 Maroons FCMandela National StadiumThursday, 06-12-2018NMBOOLE – Bashir Mutanda missed a second half penalty as his SC Villa side drew 1-1 at home to Maroons FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.In the only game played on Thursday, the in-form forward who scored the lone goal in Villa’s only victory of the season, last time out (away to Nyamityobora) had in the first half, canceled out Pius Obuya’s strike to level matters for the record league champions.It was a case of missed opportunity for Villa who are struggling at the wrong end of the table but they will also feel lucky as Maroons missed several opportunities of their own.The biggest culprit of the day was former Joggos striker Yubu Bogere who couldn’t put several opportunities that came his way, to bed.Bogere had a chance with only a minute to play in the first half but nodded into the ground and over with the goal at his mercy after he was played in expertly by Brian Majwega’s well weighted cross from thw left.The lanky forward also found him self one on one with Villa custodian Samuel Kivumbi at the hour mark but could only find the side net with a ferocious shot.On a day that was filled with frustration for the home side, Ashraf Mandela was lucky not to see red after a reckless challenge on Okello Silvestre late in the game only got him into the referee’s book with just a yellow card.Pius Obuya who is one of the highly rated young players in the division did his congregation justice on 32 minutes with a poachers’ strike, heading in a lose ball inside the Villa area after Manko Kawesa had mis-cued his clearance off the cross-bar.However, the goal of the day praises belong to Mutanda whose venomous strike from outside the area found the top right-hand top corner after he was teed up by Mandela on 39 minutes. Mutanda’s goal was his sixth of the season and it takes him level atop the scoring Charts with Kirinya’s Joel Madondo.With 20 minutes to play, Mutanda was brought down in the area and after referee Shamirah Nabadda pointed to the spot, the forward picked him self up, took the resultant kick but was saved by Emmanuel Akol in Maroons goal.The draw by Villa means that they have now failed to win 9 of their opening 10 league games of the season and remain 11th on the log with 8 points.For Maroons, they are now in 13th with 7 points from 10 games.The League resumes on Saturday with six games.Comments last_img read more

Having endured The ‘Stick, ex-Giant Chili Davis could cure what ails the Mets

first_imgChili Davis has seen this movie before. A home stadium that inhibits offense. Freakish wind patterns that knock down well-struck fly balls. An environment that can crawl inside the head of even the best hitters.As a young player with the Giants, Davis made no secret of his disdain for frigid, blustery Candlestick Park. Now in his first season as the New York Mets hitting coach, he’s up against Citi Field.Or as a recent Wall Street Journal story described the 11-year-old, $610 million stadium: …last_img read more

Dark Matter Remains Missing

first_imgThe most sensitive test to date for dark matter in the form of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) has turned up nothing.Live Science announced that a sensitive underground detector in Italy has turned up no definitive evidence for WIMPs after 13 months of searching.  This either means (1) WIMPs are harder to detect, (2) WIMPs don’t exist, or (3) dark matter is MACHO: Massive Compact Halo Objects made up of ordinary matter.   Serendipitously, the article was accompanied by a picture of a macho-looking bodybuilder advertising a muscle-building product.Reporter Clara Moskowitz said that “Dark matter is thought to make up about 83 percent of the matter in the universe, yet scientists can’t see or touch it.”  She didn’t specify who thought this.By now everyone has heard the tentative reports of the Higgs Boson being found at last.  John Horgan put the discovery in context at Scientific American, remarking that “the Higgs doesn’t take us any closer to a unified theory than climbing a tree would take me to the Moon.”  He also had some sharp words about the political hype over the misnomer, “God particle.”If they want to keep looking for the mysterious unknown stuff, nothing is stopping them, as long as they pay for it themselves.  It’s happened before (alchemy, phlogiston, caloric).  There should be a reasonable time limit and funding limit before requiring them to drop a dead-end theory and work on something that explains 83% of reality better. (Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mandela Day revamp for Soweto school

first_img18 July 2012 Batsogile Primary School in Pimville, Soweto was a hive of activity on Wednesday morning as it found itself one of the recipients of South Africans’ goodwill on International Nelson Mandela Day. Mandela Day is an annual celebration of Madiba’s life and a global call for action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them. Mandela turned 94 on Wednesday. The no-fee school, which first opened its doors in 1972, had not once had its buildings revamped, except for a computer lab, which was installed in an existing classroom. The interior and the exterior of the school remain untouched, with major concerns being falling ceilings, old plumbing and toilets in need of repairs. But thanks to Mandela Day, the school received the much needed revamp as LeadSA, the Department of Basic Education, celebrities and other stakeholders gathered to help the school. The day’s activity started at 8am, as the little voices from pupils braved the cold winter morning to sing happy birthday to Madiba. Just before 9am, the volunteers, which included Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty and Miss South Africa Melinda Bam, rolled up their sleeves to paint the perimeter fence and classrooms. Others prepared to give the school’s garden a makeover and plant trees, clean the storeroom and classrooms, as well as re-fence, sort out the library and upgrade the staffroom, among others. The volunteers, who included local unemployed people, also engaged the children in arts, crafts, drama, science and sport. Surty said Mandela Day was more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy – it was a global movement to take his life’s work into a new century and change the world for the better. He called on South Africans to stand up and do the right thing and make a difference, despite the many challenges that the country faces. “It’s a day to inspire hope, take action and make change.” He called on teachers across the country to ensure that the children of South Africa receive a quality education. The Deputy Minister said the campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities in the country would make a significant contribution to fulfilling Mandela’s dream for every child to be educated. “Tata placed a huge emphasis on the provision of quality education for all, and the Department of Basic Education is committed to realise this goal,” he said. LeadSA’s Yusuf Abramjee said the country needed to make every day a Mandela Day. He challenged people to look around and see what change they could make in the country. School principal Paul Ramela was excited about the upgrades, which have had a ripple effect on his staff. Ramela, who was once a pupil at the school, wished that initiatives like these could be done on a more regular basis. Miss South Africa, who was dressed in casual jeans, urged fellow South Africans to follow Mandela’s great example and assist the country’s needy. “Everyone can make the change, no matter how small,” Bam said. “I don’t think it’s a challenge to find a cause, community, an old age home or even a school that needs your help.” IT company AG Software has adopted the school for two years. The company says they are looking at improving the infrastructure of the school first before seeing to other needs. They have also committed to building a media centre at the school, hosting fundraising days and uplifting the community. Surty said this was proof that the private sector could partner with government for the general good and upliftment of the country Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Can Text to Speech iPhone Apps Improve Tech Blogging?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… iPhone app demo for FeedMe Tech. from 8Interactive on Vimeo.Bloggers should take note that FeedMe Tech reveals every grammatical error and misplaced comma. Couple this with the fact that the program’s default voice is set to depressed British robot and you’ll realize that a poorly written article offers an experience a bit like being in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In the spirit of spending more time with family members, I, for one, welcome our depressed robot overlords. To create a custom-branded FeedMe application contact Eight Interactive. To try FeedMe Tech download it here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In the competitive world of tech journalism and blogging, quality can sometimes take a backseat to speed. While most bloggers double check their drafts before having their work scrutinized by editors and audience members, mistakes do slip through the cracks. With text-to-speech programs, errors become glaringly apparent. Eight Interactive just launched its FeedMe Tech iPhone app. The service lets us listen to top tech news while running errands, walking the dog or cooking our holiday feasts. It’s a free application with feeds from 10 popular tech sites including Lifehacker, TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb. At the moment users cannot add additional feeds; however, the application does record what you’ve read, where you’ve stopped reading and the posts you’d like to save. For now it’s a barebones application that displays how online content providers can better reach their audiences. However, because it transcribes every character, the service can sometimes offer comedic results. last_img read more

Urban Rustic: Building a Service Core

first_img BLOGS BY ERIC WHETZEL Air Sealing the Attic FloorVentilation BafflesUp on the RoofA Light Down BelowKneewalls, Subfloor, and Exterior WallsLet the Framing BeginDetails for an Insulated FoundationThe Cedar Siding Is Here — Let’s Burn It An Introduction to a New Passive House Project Service Cavities for Wiring and PlumbingBuilding a ‘Layered House’Unity Homes: Pushing the Boundaries of Home BuildingReinventing the House RELATED ARTICLES Maintaining the thermal layerAlong the outside walls, at the top of the wall assembly, there was a gap that we filled with strips of mineral wool insulation (see Image #3 below). This meant there will be no break in our thermal layer going from the blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic to the monolithic layer of Roxul Comfortboard 80 (2 inches plus 2 inches) that will be on the exterior side of the Zip sheathing.Once the 2x6s were up, we had to install pieces of 1×4 between them in order to prevent the 24 inches of blown-in cellulose that will be going into the attic from causing the Intello air barrier to sag (see Image #4 below).The plans called for the 1x4s to be installed right after the Intello but before the 2x6s, which would have been a lot easier and quicker. Unfortunately, the general contractors we fired installed the interior walls too high, making this impossible. We had no choice but to methodically cut each 1×4 to fit between each set of 2x6s. My friend OB was nice enough to help me get it done.At first, we used “L” brackets to attach the 1x4s to the 2x6s, but this proved too time-consuming and too expensive. After experimenting with a finish nailer (too easy to miss and penetrate the Intello), we eventually settled on Deckmate screws, driving them in at an angle into the 2x6s. It was definitely a laborious process, but eventually we got into a rhythm and got it done, although we wouldn’t recommend doing it this way — way too time-consuming.We tried to keep the 1x4s about 16 inches apart, which should prevent any significant sagging in the air barrier from occurring. (I’ll post photos once the cellulose has been put in the attic.)In trying to avoid puncturing the Intello, I would hold a couple of fingers on the back side of the 2×6, feeling for any screws that would come through on a bad angle. A couple of times I drove a screw too quickly and paid the price. Editor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project; a list of Eric’s previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut.center_img We installed the brackets first (see Image #2 below) before raising each 2×6 up and fitting it. Since the brackets were directly attached and under a roof truss, we were able to keep the 2x6s fairly straight, even when the board itself was less than perfect.A feisty robin kept trying to set up a nest on our partition wall. (Our windows and doors aren’t in yet.) Apparently she believed we had created an elaborate birdhouse just for her. It took almost a week before she finally gave up — but not before starting multiple nests in multiple spots along the wall. A design goal for the ceiling was to keep mechanicals, like HVAC and electric, on the conditioned side of the ceiling air barrier. By doing this, we avoid having to insulate any ductwork for HVAC, or air sealing and insulating around ceiling lights. In effect, we completely isolate the attic, making its sole purpose (apart from ventilating our “cold roof” assembly) holding our blown-in cellulose insulation. (This setup makes it much easier to air seal the ceiling and get the insulation right — at least based on the projects I’ve read about.)In order to do this, we created a service chase, or service core, using 2x6s set on 24-inch centers. In addition to serving as a space to safely pass mechanicals through, the only other job for the 2x6s is to hold up the ceiling drywall. The roof trusses, directly above each 2×6, are still carrying the load of the roof and stabilizing the perimeter walls.To attach the 2x6s to the roof trusses, we used brackets made by Simpson Strong-Tie and Simpson SDS fasteners. Maintaining the Intello after installationUnfortunately, there was a delay in getting shingles on our roof, due in large part to our first, disorganized plumber (again, more on this later). Consequently, we were in the awkward position of having our ceiling air barrier and service core all set up, but every time it rained we still had a leaking roof. In most areas, it wasn’t a big deal, but in about a dozen spots rain would collect and, if heavy enough, it would cause a bulge in the Intello. To relieve, and ultimately to avoid, this pressure, I cut small slits in the Intello where the rain would consistently collect.I marked the slits with a red marker so I could find them later. Once the shingles were finally on, I went back and found all of these slits and taped over them with the Tescon Vana tape (see Image #5 below).We also found a couple of weak spots in the Intello as we installed it, and even later, during the installation of the service core. These spots were marked as well, and they, too, got covered with the Tescon Vana tape just for added insurance against air leakage.After having to fire our general contractors, we couldn’t have kept the project going without the help of family and friends. As awful as some aspects of the build have been, it’s been heartwarming to find people willing to help us see the project through to the end (much more on this later).last_img read more

The Critical Nature of the Salesperson’s Mindset

first_imgThere is no factor more important than the individual salesperson’s mindset when it comes to winning new business. What you believe drives your actions and your actions drive your results.Value Creation:Your mindset begins with value creation.Is your mindset to create as much value for your client during each and every sales interaction? Are you motivated to provide your dream client with what they need from you in order for them to find the time they spend with you valuable?Are you focused on creating the biggest, most value creating opportunity possible?If you are sitting in front of your client to get an order, you aren’t creating value. If you treat a sales call like a transaction, you are transactional.Customer Focused:The more you are focused on your customer, the more powerful and effective is your mindset.Does your dream client have your full and undivided attention? Are you really listening, or are you doing the kind of listening where you are waiting to interject with something about why your dream clients should buy from you?Is the opportunity you are focused on creating or winning the right opportunity for your dream client?If you aren’t really paying attention, you aren’t customer focused. If the opportunity you are pursuing benefits you more than it does your dream client, you aren’t customer focused.If you get value creation and customer focus right you have a foundation on which to build trust.Confidence:Do you believe that you can accomplish the outcomes you need to during each sales interaction? Do you believe that, if chosen, you can create breath-taking, jaw-dropping, earth-shattering results for your dream client?Do you know where you are in your sales process and where your client is in the buying cycle? Does your dream client believe that you know where you are and where you are taking them?A lack of confidence generates fear in your dream client. Fear that they won’t get the result that they need. Fear that they will be embarrassed. Fear that it will be making a mistake by choosing you.The ability to create value breeds confidence. The inability brings fear.Your mindset matters. It matters to your clients. And it matters to your results. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Indian football team needs to play more friendlies

first_imgIt was a win that would be remembered for a long time. The senior Indian football team, which had failed to win a single match in its last international tournament (AFC Challenge Cup), surprised everyone as they outplayed Cameroon in the Nehru Cup final.A good beginning under a new coach Wim Koevermans was just the spark that the footballers needed. But as the win is celebrated, one also needs to take a look on the road ahead.Though India were crowned champions, defeating a team ranked 109 places higher in the FIFA charts, their standing of 168 will not improve as the world body does not recognise India’s only international tournament.For improving the team’s performance and qualifying for the continental championships, one needs to play regularly against higher ranked teams.And if those ties are on FIFA match dates, it will give them a chance to rise in the rankings ladder.Koevermans mentioned the point in the post-match press conference and his players agree with him too.Getting the Nehru Cup approved by FIFA is an option, which may attract top teams too. Subrata Dutta, vice president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), said that efforts are on to get the necessary approval but so far nothing has happened.”We have had talks on that subject with the world body. Though till now there has been no concrete result but if the tournament is organised on FIFA match dates, then they might approve it,” Dutta said.He added that that the federation has plans for youth development, which is the need of the hour.”We have brought foreign experts for youth development and its result is showing in the age-based tournaments,” he said.”We have also placed our bid for the 2017 u-17 World Cup and they have said that the proper infrastructure should be ready for it.”Koevermans had on Sunday said that the AIFF is trying to bring a foreign side to play a friendly match against the national team.”We have a FIFA match date in October and the federation is trying to get an opponent for us. We should play such matches whenever possible,” he said.”The good thing is that I know at least 38 players, who were part of the training camp for the Nehru Cup. And we will have to take this process forward.”Gouramangi Singh, who scored the opening goal against Cameroon, reiterated the Dutchman’s point.”Hopefully we will get good opponents and play more friendly matches. That’s the first step,” he said.The senior player also said the youngsters in the team should try to give more performances like the final.”This is new look team under a new coach. Though we have won, it’s too premature to say what they will do in the next few years. They should not take this win for granted. We have so much to achieve still,” the defender said.Gouramangi also praised the role of Koevermans. “He has just taken over the team and credit should go to him for India winning the Nehru Cup.He has imparted a new philosophy and I hope he will continue to bring in more ideas and variety for our success,” he said.Former India coach Sukhwinder Singh said the supply-line of players needs to be ready for further prolonging the success. “We need to develop the grass-root level. It was a fantastic result and a great effort by the team. The players must be congratulated,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

US Open 2019: Daniil Medvedev Beats Stan Wawrinka to Reach First Grand Slam Semi-final

first_img Daniil MedvedevfedererGrigor DimitrovMedvedev First Published: September 4, 2019, 7:25 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who has been dubbed the villain of the US Open for his on-court antics and comments, advanced to his first Grand Slam semi-final Tuesday at the US Open by defeating three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka while Roger Federer eyed his 46th Grand Slam semi-final berth.Fifth seed Medvedev’s 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 triumph sent him into a Friday matchup against the later winner between Bulgaria’s 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov and 38-year-old Federer, owner of a record 20 Grand Slam titles. “I’m really happy to be in my first semi-final,” Medvedev said. Medvedev struggled with a sore left quadriceps muscle that had him think about quitting the match in the first set. “Before the match I was feeling perfect. In the first set I think I pulled my quadriceps,” Medvedev said.”I had a really big pain in my quadriceps and thought I wasn’t going to continue the match.”Medvedev took a medical timeout and had the area taped and took a painkiller.”In the fourth set, I started feeling the painkiller and started moving better,” he said. “For sure I hope to be ready for the semis.”Medvedev, at 23, becomes the youngest US Open semi-finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2010 and Russia’s first Slam semi-finalist since Mikhail Youzhny at the 2010 US Open. last_img read more